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    A smartwatch app alerts users with hearing loss to nearby sounds

    With a new smartwatch app, users who are deaf or hard of hearing can get alerts that an alarm is going off or someone is knocking at the door.

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    How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants

    As the list of plants no longer found in the wild grows, botanists and conservationists search for signs of hope — and sometimes get lucky.

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    ‘Phallacy’ deflates myths about the penises of the animal kingdom

    By touring nature’s many penises, Phallacy author Emily Willingham puts the human organ in its place.

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    ‘Deaths of despair’ are rising. It’s time to define despair

    A sense of defeat, not mental ailments, may be derailing the lives of less-educated people in the United States.

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    Turning space images into music makes astronomy more accessible

    Music created from telescope data helps people with blindness and visual impairments experience the wonders of astronomy, and could aid research.

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    ‘Great Adaptations’ unravels mysteries of amazing animal abilities

    Kenneth Catania has resorted to some unusual experiments to understand the lives of star-nosed moles, electric eels and other remarkable animals.

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    Easy interventions like revamping forms help people show up to court

    A new study shows that simple behavioral interventions called nudges can help people avoid a missed court appearance and resulting arrest warrant.

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    This year’s SN 10 scientists aim to solve some of science’s biggest challenges

    Our SN 10: Scientists to Watch for 2020 include researchers tackling wildfire smoke, teen suicide and earthquake monitoring.

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    ‘Schrödinger’s Web’ offers a sneak peek at the quantum internet

    For an entertaining overview of the physics and technological advances paving the way for the quantum internet, read ‘Schrödinger’s Web.’

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    Hope for life on Venus survives for centuries against all odds

    Early scientists often assumed that Venus, though hotter than Earth, hosted life.

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    ‘The Origins of You’ explores how kids develop into their adult selves

    A new book describes the interplay of nature and nurture as children, at least in Western societies, grow up.

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    How COVID-19 worsened gender inequality in the U.S. workforce

    Compared with men, the pandemic disproportionately hurt working women, including mothers of young children.